Raspberry Bakewell cake


  • 140g ground almonds
  • 140g butter, softened
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g raspberries
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds
  • icing sugar, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and base-line and grease a deep 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin. Blitz the ground almonds, butter, sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla extract in a food processor until well combined.
  2. Spread half the mix over the cake tin and smooth over the top. Scatter the raspberries over, then dollop the remaining cake mixture on top and roughly spread – you might find this easier to do with your fingers. Scatter with flaked almonds and bake for 50 mins until golden. Cool, remove from the tin and dust with icing sugar to serve.


If he loved me, he would know what I want

People are different. They see the world differently. They have different expectations. They have different experiences.

Men and women are even more different. We were created with different strengths and weakness. We are supposed to see the world differently.

Because of these differences, we can’t expect others to be able to read our minds.

Love is not the ability to know what our spouse is thinking without asking; love is taking the time, asking, listening, and acting in response to what our spouse tells us.

Because we can’t read each other’s minds, we must:

Take each other’s words at face value
Assume we don’t know what the other is thinking
Be understanding when we get it wrong


An Open Letter To WordPress

Fish Of Gold

Dear WordPress.com,

I am loath to write yet another letter to you, since I typically prefer to spend my time writing actual blog posts, but I’ve been bitching on Twitter and in your forums to no avail, so maybe you’ll pay attention to a blog post. It’s not likely, but hey, you never know.

Please, stop. Just put down whatever you’re working on and stop with the futzing. You have been tinkering under my hood long enough and you know what? None of the “improvements” you’ve made are actually improvements.

Below, you will find explanations as to why your improvements aren’t improvements sorted conveniently by feature.

Post Editor

Let’s talk about this “Beep beep boop” post editor nightmare with less than half the functionality of the old editor. Thankfully, you haven’t taken away the old editor yet. However, I fully expect that one day, I will go to write a…

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You don’t have a soul: The real science that debunks superstitious charlatans
Trust science, not myth: Religious hucksters with claims of immortal souls are lying. Let’s embrace reality

I would define my soul as the spirit inside of me that is currently present in a human form. The properties of the soul are that it contains all of our emotions and feelings. I believe that when I die my soul will live on.


What do you think?

It is miracle of miracles – 7 leaf clover

7 leaf clover

The miracle clover is covered by a clear resin.
It is good as a gift!

You can look at this 7 leaf clover, which looks still alive, from all 360 degrees.
Pray or make wishes to this 7 leaf clover and it may just make your dreams come true. It comes with a box, so it is good as a gift.


Companion Plants for Snowdrops


The 2015 Snowdrop Catalogue, featuring snowdrops and other winter interest plants like cyclamen and hellebores, is on the sidebar, and we are taking orders.  To access the catalogue, please click here.

Galanthus nivalis & Arum italicum 'Pictum'Snowdrops, G. nivalis, with Italian arum and snow crocus, C. tommasinianus, in the background.

The main attraction of snowdrops is that they bloom at a time of year when flowers are rare in the garden.  There is nothing like a solitary group of beautiful white flowers to light up a dismal, cold day in February.   Although companion plants are not necessary to achieve this effect, snowdrops are even more lovely when paired with other flowering plants or evergreen leaves.  This post will give you some ideas of what plants combine well with snowdrops to create winter interest in your garden.

Nursery News:  Our nursery, Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, is currently closed.  If you would…

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